By Tristram Hunt
"Written with brio, heat, and ancient realizing, this is often the easiest biography of 1 of the main appealing population of Victorian England, Marx's good friend, accomplice, and political heir."―Eric Hobsbawm
Friedrich Engels is likely one of the so much fascinating and contradictory figures of the 19th century. Born to a filthy rich mercantile family members, he spent his existence having fun with the comfy lifestyles of a Victorian gentleman; but he was once even as the co-author of The Communist Manifesto, a ruthless political tactician, and the fellow who sacrificed his top years in order that Karl Marx can have the liberty to put in writing. even though his contributions are often ignored, Engels's grab of world capital supplied an crucial origin for communist doctrine, and his account of the commercial Revolution, The of the operating type in England, continues to be the most haunting and brutal indictments of capitalism's human cost.
Drawing on a wealth of letters and documents, acclaimed historian Tristram Hunt plumbs Engels's highbrow legacy and exhibits us how one of many nice bon viveurs of Victorian Britain reconciled his exuberant own existence together with his radical political philosophy. This epic tale of dedicated friendship, category compromise, ideological fight, and kinfolk betrayal finally brings Engels out from the shadow of his well-known pal and collaborator.